Alex and Pat are here from South Carolina.
On their way to Arizona they stopped to do some volunteering with Samaritan’s Purse near New Orleans. Before that…..they sold their house and most of what they owned. They are camping in a tent, indefinitely. All they own sits in the back of their Chevy Equinox. I would guess they in their late 60’s/early 70’s, starting a new adventure in their lives.
Certainly, people think they are crazy. Pat’s mom gives them 3 years total…..Pat says, “Four, just to prove Mom wrong!” Talking with them is exciting, and makes us feel not so alone. They don’t know where they are going, how long they will be somewhere. They are staying here in the states (present plans, anyhow) but will go where they are led, where help is needed, where the weather is good and the sites attract them. They have left behind children, grandchildren and even a great-grandchild she had been providing childcare for. But I hear them laughing, the two of them down by the lake’s edge where they have their tent tucked away. They are enjoying themselves and each other, and Pat agrees when I say “I feel more alive!”